Czechia eyes Russia’s Sputnik to get a head start in vaccine race
By Ondřej Plevák
11 Feb. 2021
The Czech Republic is mulling the purchase of Russian coronavirus vaccines in order to get a head start in the event the European Medicines Agency (EMA) ends up approving the Sputnik V jab. Meanwhile, Serbia, which has already started vaccinated people with Russia’s vaccine, said it would start producing it by the end of the year. Read more.
The Czech Republic is officially considering purchasing the Sputnik V jab, Czech PM Andrej Babiš said on Wednesday in Belgrade after a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Ana Brnabić, where Serbia’s mass vaccination programme with the Chinese and Russian jabs was discussed.
The two prime ministers mainly discussed the coronavirus pandemic, as Babiš, together with Czech epidemiologists and virologists, wanted to find out more about the Serbian mass inoculation programme. Like Hungary, which Babiš visited last week, Serbia is already administering the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
In the meantime, EURACTIV Serbia reports that Belgrade could realistically start producing the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year.
“Vaccine production will be carried out in two phases – filling and packaging the vaccine,” Serbia’s State Secretary at the health ministry, Mirsad Đerlek told Prva TV, adding that the mixture will first be delivered from Russia and packaged in Serbia.